Many patients come through their heart procedures and feel they are cured. Unfortunately for most, heart disease is a chronic progressive disorder of the arteries in which deposits of cholesterol, calcium, and abnormal cells (that is, plaques) build up on the inner lining of the arteries. Heart disease usually progressively deteriorates over time, whether due to normal bodily wear or lifestyle choices such as exercise or eating habits. This is a hard concept to grasp, and it doesn’t mean it is a death sentence either.
You can do everything right and still have further heart issues.
When patients struggle with this, I point out doing everything right may be why they survived, as approximately 50% of people do not survive their first heart attack. It is so important for each person to know their body’s signs and symptoms and not ignore them. We don’t really know what makes coronary artery disease…
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